Chapter 477: 477
“Master, I’ve returned . ” Cao Yi shouted towards a vacant room .
“Oh? How did you escape? Why would they let you free?” an unhappy voice echoed back .
Judging from the shadows, the unknown Master was like a Sect leader from a Xianxia novel . His voice sounded old enough to match that persona . Surprisingly, Cao Yi had never seen his Master before .
Cao Yi was a beta player . During his daily routine before being transferred, he loved to read xianxia novels online . He would often daydream about casting himself as the immortal protagonist in those novels . Before the disaster event in game, Cao Yi had obtained a mysterious communication device . He spoke with the person on the other end of the device to find his current Master . The Master introduced himself as a Sect leader and to prove that point, he explained complex knowledge of achieving immortality . Cao Yi believed what his Master had said and worshipped him .
Under his Master’s guidance, Cao Yi found several secret missions that other Beta players couldn’t find . This resulted in Cao Yi leveling up more quickly and solidifying the importance of his Master in his heart . Cao Yi never second-guessed his Master after that .
Also under his Master’s guidance, Cao Yi climbed on an airship and traversed the seas onto one of the islands . During this period, Nin Jing City had not been released as a game feature yet . Cao Yi had to search for his Master’s location, and tracked the location to the current secret hideout . Even during that initial meeting, Cao Yi only saw the bony shadow of his Master .
Now that Cao Yi and his Master were on the same island, it was easier for Cao Yi to carry out different missions . The Master promised that if Cao Yi could continue with his good performance, he could be transferred into the game . That way he could be the true protagonist of The Trembling World .
At that time, Cao Yi didn’t believe the promise of being transferred from his monitor into the game . He took the promise lightly, as if it was a joke . Three days after that promise, on the fateful day of open servers, Cao Yi was transferred into the game . From that point forward, Cao Yi had no doubt that his Master was very knowledgeable .
During those days within the game, Cao Yi was doing tasks for his Master sect leader . These tasks included capturing players and local survivors as specimens for the laboratory . As reward for the effort, his Master would hand out ‘medicinal pills’ that would increase his level . This positive reinforcement made Cao Yi work even harder . The captured specimens were turned into puppets and dressed in black uniforms . With the addition of lackeys, Cao Yi could carry out his tasks more easily .
The Master Sect leader had fulfilled his first promise, so when he promised more rewards, Cao Yi had no reason to not believe it . The second promise was that he would help Cao Yi build his Foundation stage, with the potential to reach past Jindan stage and Yuanying stage .
This was until one fateful day when Cao Yi received the order to suppress the foreign group that had been invading the city; that group was Sheng Li’s battalion, killing off all the remaining zombies within the city . The Master Sect leader required the energy given off by the zombies . Indirectly, Sheng Li’s battalion was an hindrance to their future development . Upon further investigation, Cao Yi reported the situation back to his Master . Ultimately, Cao Yi was ordered to refrain from needless killing, since every person in the Village could be useful as a specimen .
That was when Cao Yi decided to demonstrate his prowess in the Beginner Village . Accompanying him were a dozen uniformed lackeys, their purpose being to suppress the villagers and pick out the highest potential specimens . From that point forward, the village would have to offer up 10 villagers as tribute .
Once Cao Yi seized control of the Village, he bought information from those who were willing to betray others . He obtained information that the leader was only level 12, and was on a mission at Moonlight Gulf . The villagers haven’t heard back from their leader ever since the day of departure .
When the information was passed back to the Sect leader, he disregarded it . From his perspective, a level 12 player was seeking death at Moonlight Gulf . So Cao Yi was only given instructions to take over the village . More importantly, they couldn’t allow any villagers to escape . By alluring to Cao Yi’s desire to become an immortal, his Master said the villagers were necessary sacrifices for the Foundation Stage on the path of becoming a Supreme Being .
Cao Yi was even more motivated to watch the villagers like a shepherd . He would report back to his Master in a timely fashion . The last thing he had ever expected was to be captured by an overwhelming foe .
Before everyone was captured, one of his lackeys had released a wireless distress call . The signal had information on what had taken place . Once the Sect leader knew that Cao Yi had been defeated and captured, he had little hopes of Cao Yi escaping . So when Cao Yi returned back to the secret hideout, it surprised him .
“No, they didn’t release me . I relied on my intelligence and courage to escape!” Cao Yi insisted .
“You escaped alone? From your pig brain, you were able to escape their watch? I suspect they purposely allowed you to escape . Then, they could track you, leading back to me!” the Sect leader inferred through Cao Yi’s words .
“I… I thought about that possibility . So along the way back, I’ve been very careful . I purposely took the long route and backtracked on my steps . I took precautionary steps to avoid being followed,” Cao Yi continued to reassure his Master .
Cao Yi had never felt so embarrassed before . Of all the missions he had done before, he had never failed so utterly . His encounter with Liu Gan was a total loss . It was a stain on his perfect track record . He would do whatever he could to take revenge on Liu Gan .
“According to my radar life detector that I’ve placed within the perimeter, you weren’t being followed . Well, it doesn’t matter . Even if they were able to reach this location, they can’t enter our compound . This place is my immortal chamber! I’ve placed high-level restrictions and heavy firepower weapons to restrict any invader . If it’s a human they will perish, if it’s a ghost they will evaporate! No one will be able to enter my immortal chamber!” the Sect leader promised .
“That’s a given! My Master is very capable . If you want rain, you will get rain . The flick of your fingers will turn all those rebels into ashes!” Cao Yi continued to praise his Master .
“Hahahaha… My Apprentice, you are right . However, I am preparing to ascend to Yuanying stage, so I need time . It isn’t a convenient time for me to handle them myself . So let them do as they please for now!” the Master Sect leader instructed Cao Yi .